I am Carlos Abraldes and welcome to ON THE BELAY.
I’m dedicating this blog to cover different aspects of the outdoor lifestyle, mainly climbing, alpinism, mountain skiing and surfing. yeah yeah i know, what does surfing has to do in here? I’m sorry, but I can’t give up on the ocean, I’m a salt watered blood mountain guy; if that makes any sense…
I have worked as the head of purchases of climbing and alpinism for EpicTV in Chamonix. I’ve had the opportunity to work hand by hand with the leading manufacturers in the industry in different projects ranging from marketing, product testing & developing, media cooperation and events.
You get it, i’m a gear geek; hence a big part of this blog will be dedicated to cover different aspects of gear all the way from purchasing guides, gear testing, best for your buck, gear history and so on.
I’ve been places and i’ve been in the game quite a while now. Apart from my period in Chamonix I have worked two years in Norway as an outdoor guide, I’ve spend six months travelling through South America and I have lived half a year in Iceland. Elsewhere i’m generally in Northern Spain, where i am from, or on short trips around on the classic weekend warrior slash wanna be dirt bag life plan.
I will use these experiences to talk about awesome adventures such as hiking and surfing trips to the arctic, climbing some classic routes in Europe, looking for new ski lines on the Pyrenees, a few 6000 peaks in South America, but as well about the importance of discovering and appreciating the spots that we have in our backyards.
Don’t get me wrong, i’m a pretty average outdoor man, so probably most of the things I will write about will be useful for the average guy that just wants to spend more time outside.
Why ON THE BELAY? Well, most of the times in your daily life as an outdoor man, due to work, family and other commitments you will actually feel like on the belay; all geared up, wanting and waiting to climb but actually not doing it!
This blog will be the place for those moments on the belay. We won’t be out there climbing, but at least we will have a place to feel in our environment.